Though the triggering of Article 50 occurred just over 100 days ago, it has felt like the Great Repeal Bill has been coming for a lot longer. And this is the first big change we will have to make: the Great Repeal Bill is no more. As it passes through parliament it will now be known as the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill. A title not quite as eye-catching but a lot more practical, and possibly an early indication of the government’s new approach.Read More
The EU Withdrawal Bill is already well known for its extremely broad, general and vague powers for ministers to 'correct' any 'deficiencies' found in UK law of EU origin ('retained EU law'). New advice obtained by ClientEarth confirms the Bill will also downgrade the status of UK law of EU origin and make it uniquely vulnerable to executive changes in future. The Bill increases the potential application of powers in other legislation: this will enable ministers to make substantive modifications to retained EU law after we leave the EU without adequate scrutiny.Read More
It is the Government’s intention that following Brexit the UK will remain bound by its existing international obligations. As this report from UKELA sets out, achieving this may not be straightforward and the statements made by Ministers have not resolved how this will be achieved.
The UK Environmental Law Association is neutral on Brexit and provide impartial, technical analysis of the impact it is likely to have on environmental law and governance. They are not members of the Alliance.Read More
The purpose of this report is to set out where UKELA foresee Henry VIII powers being used to amend the UK’s environmental laws after Brexit. As a matter of general principle UKELA believe that the use of these powers should be kept to the minimum necessary for the effective continuance of domestic legislation after Brexit. However, they also believe that any debate on these powers must be informed by an accurate view as to the extent to which they will actually be used. UKELA applied its technical expertise to analyse all the Acts of Parliament relevant to the environment in England, identifying any provisions which a Minister might consider ‘deficient’ after Brexit and therefore require amendment.Read More
Call to action! The Repeal Bill jeopardises Britain’s high food standards.
The first of the big Brexit Bills is now upon us. On Thursday September 7, the EU (Withdrawal) Bill (also known as the Repeal Bill) will have its second reading in Parliament. It will establish the new foundations of how UK law will in future be created, governed, scrutinised and enforced.Read More
Greener UK believes that, no matter what the outcome of the Brexit negotiations, the people of these islands deserve a world class environment: clean air and water, a stable climate, healthy seas, beautiful landscapes and thriving wildlife in the places we love.Read More
On Thursday 13th of July 2017, a draft of The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (Withdrawal Bill) was laid before the House of Commons. This Bill will perform and direct much of the work
needed to prepare the UK's statute book as it leaves the EU. This report sets out some of the
key issues faced, and raised, for the environment by the Bill and identifies some of the problems with the current approach.
This report from UKELA highlights the need for effective mechanisms to hold government and public authorities to account for their environmental law responsibilities after Brexit. It calls for a review of possible options for a specialist environmental Commissioner or equivalent, and for strengthening the role of courts or tribunals in the environmental field.Read More
The Greener UK briefing on the governance gap is now available.
The purpose of the briefing is simply to demonstrate the existence of a gap post-Brexit, rather than to detail solutionsRead More
This is an important time for your voice to be heard. Please contact your MP and remind them of their crucial role in defending our environmental laws, and ensuring they are not left vulnerable to future change.Read More
The Bill fails to guarantee the same levels of environmental protection once we leave the EU and gives ministers alarming powers to amend laws without full scrutiny by parliament.Read More